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Pumpkin Race set for Saturday Decorated pumpkins will speed down the Mill Street underpass Saturday in a series of races during the Great Pumpkin Race. The city will close the section of Mill Street between Illinois and Washington streets for several hours to allow space for the gourds on wheels to battle. Registration starts at 3 p.m. and races start at 4 p.m. All adult pumpkin racers will be charged $5 but those under 18 can bring three non-perishable food items. Money raised will be donated to area food pantries. Southern Illinois University’s College of
Agriculture donated pumpkins to be used for the event. This is a first-time event organized by the Rotary Club of Carbondale-Breakfast, Carbondale Tourism, Carbondale Main Street and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, with the help of Carbondale business sponsors. “We’re planning to bring some real family fun to Carbondale this fall,” Rotary Club organizer Marcia Sinnott said. “Racing is more about art and luck than it is about sport. They’re totally unpredictable.” — Sarah Schneider
Gold found growing on trees in Australia LOS ANGELES — It turns out gold can grow on trees, given the right conditions. A team of Australian scientists has found small amounts of gold in the leaves, twigs and bark of eucalyptus trees growing above gold deposits buried deep beneath the ground. Unfortunately, you will not get rich off these golden trees. The amount of gold detected was very tiny — just 80 parts per billion in the leaves, 44 parts per billion in the twigs, and just 4 parts per billion in the bark. You certainly could not see any gold with the naked eye. Still, as the scientists write in the journal Nature Communications, their study represents the first time, to their knowledge, that naturally occurring gold particles were imaged in the cells of biological tissue. Previous studies have shown that plants will uptake small amounts of gold that have been deliberately placed in the soil in laboratory
experiments, but the concentrations of gold in those experiments are much higher than what would typically be found in the natural environment. Gold is toxic to plants, which may explain why the eucalyptus trees moved much of the gold they absorbed from the ground to their leaves, says lead author Melvyn Lintern of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. By shunting the gold to their leaves, the trees can easily shed the gold deposits. Then the leaves decompose, dropping gold into the soil, and process begins again. Lintern and his team are not suggesting that anyone can start mining these golden trees, but they do think that gold prospectors could look to vegetation to learn where gold deposits might be. Instead of “There’s gold in them thar hills,” future prospectors might be shouting “There’s gold in them thar trees!” — LA Times
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Simon Institute poll says southern Illinois voters are angry
n the issue of medical marijuana and pro-legalization, (Illinois has) definitely been a follower instead of a leader. However that can all change should the citizens start to make their voices heard to their legislators. All it takes is a phone call, an email, a letter to the editor to start getting the conversation started in our communities.
SETH RICHARDSON Daily Egyptian The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute released a poll Monday showing southern Illinois voters are in a bad mood. The poll says voters are upset with where the state and nation are heading. Fewer than 15 percent said the nation was going in the right direction, while just 10 percent said the state was on the right path. However, more than 51 percent of voters surveyed said their city or area was headed in the right direction. John Jackson, SIU professor emeritus and Paul Simon Public Policy Institute staff member, said this was in tune with national findings. “That’s kind of interesting in southern Illinois terms because we are so heavily dependent on state and federal spending on state and federal institutions like prisons, universities and community colleges,” he said. “If you stop and think about it, we are also heavily dependent on the state and federal government to build infrastructure like highways … Voters seem to not stop and think about the fact that that is the federal or state government hard at work spending
a lot of its resources in southern Illinois.” There were drastic differences between each party’s views. A total of 94 percent of Republicans said the nation was heading in the wrong direction, while just more than 52 percent of Democrats answered the same way. Jackson said these findings are not surprising since Democrats control state and federal government in Illinois. Republicans are viewing the government with alarm right now, he said. The poll also questioned voters’ views on their financial situations. Voters overwhelmingly thought that they were in the same financial situation as one year ago and they were unlikely to see any change. While job growth has been substantial since 2009, there are not enough for each person who wants a job to have one, Jackson said. “That’s what the national government is up against,” he said. “Creating 150 to 180,000 jobs a month, objectively speaking, is not a bad record at all. But the popular opinion is that hard times are upon us. And southern Illinois tends to magnify that because jobs in this area are somewhat more scarce than they are statewide” Gallup: Majority of Americans support marijuana legalization A new Gallup poll released Tuesday shows a change in America’s view of marijuana
— Blaise Sewell activist for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws from Belleville
legalization. For the first time since 1969 when the poll was introduced, a majority of Americans support full marijuana legalization. Fifty eight percent of respondents said they supported full legalization, up 10 points from 2012. Respondents aged 65 and older were the only demographic where the majority did not support reform with 45 percent in favor of legalization. However, they did jump 14 percentage points since 2011. Blaise Sewell, an activist for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws from Belleville, said the results were positive for marijuana reform supporters. “The numbers show that we are winning and our message is true and that after decades of misinformation, the truth is reaching average American families,” he said. Sewell said the nation may have six states with legalization measures on the ballot or already passed by 2016. “In terms of legalization and states across the country, these numbers indicate that victory is right around the corner,” he said. Sewell said the shift in attitude might make legalization a wedge issue in the 2016 presidential election. He said Illinois could be one of the first states in the
Midwest to pass legalization. “On the issue of medical marijuana and pro-legalization, (Illinois has) definitely been a follower instead of a leader,” he said. “However that can all change should the citizens start to make their voices heard to their legislators. All it takes is a phone call, an email, a letter to the editor to start getting the conversation started in our communities.” Sewell also said that recreational use was not the only issue at hand with legalization. “I feel like the word ‘recreational’ has kind of taken over the conversation more than it should,” he said. “The movement has turned towards white guys that want to use marijuana recreationally, where I feel the issue should be the large prison population and the persons of color that can’t have a voice in this conversation. We need to remember while moving forward that this isn’t just about recreational use, this is about the legalization for all users, including those who have been in jail for it.” The Illinois Department of Corrections currently reports holding 729 inmates with cannabis related holding offenses at a cost of more than $21 million per year. CISPA back from the dead The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, the controversial Internet regulation
bill more commonly known as CISPA, is likely to be reintroduced to Congress. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia are co-authoring the bill, which has been defeated twice since 2011. Early drafts of the bill would allow private companies to give information, either anonymous or identified, to government agencies like the National Security Agency. This has drawn ire among critics of the bill in the midst of other privacy concerns. The revelations by Edward Snowden regarding the NSA’s PRISM program are likely to be a barrier to the passage of the bill. However, Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, warned of backdoor deals in Congress in an interview with Mother Jones Magazine. “It would have been complicated to pass a bill before the leak and now it’s even harder,” Richardson said in the interview. “That being said, I think we need to keep a very careful eye on it to make sure a deal isn’t struck in the Senate. Sometimes these things suddenly start moving.” Seth Richardson can be reached at email@example.com or 536-3311 ext. 257.
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USG passes finance reform ROBERT OLSON The Weekender After a yearlong debate, Tuesday marked the first time in a decade the Undergraduate Student Government passed a finance reform bill. The newly adopted student funding guidelines, dictate how the Undergraduate Student Government allocates funds to registered student organizations. It passed through the Senate and was signed by USG President Adrian Miller Tuesday. “My administration from day one has promised the students of this campus finance reform, and today we’ve accomplished that,” Miller said. The new rules will affect how RSOs are allocated money by putting the responsibility on senators to obtain funding. Organizations must now request from their respective Senator, who then petitions the funds to be allocated by the USG on a semester-bysemester basis. Before the bill was passed, RSOs could request funds directly, and for separate events. The request would then be looked into by the finance committee and if it was approved was sent to the Senate. The Senate would then decide whether to approve or deny the bill, or amend the amount allocated. Some senators asked for a delay in the vote until the next General Senate Meeting. Sen. Ashley Ulferts, who represents west campus housing, asked that the bill be tabled until the Nov. 5 meeting. When Sen. Christopher Wheetley, representing west campus housing, was asked what the opposition’s argument for tabling the bill, he was told that no RSOs were consulted in the drafting of the bill.
f [USG doesn’t] pass this bill and get [finance reform] through, then someone else will, and her name’s Rita Cheng.
— Oliver Keys USG Vice President
The Executive Board was asked why RSOs were not consulted in the drafting of this major financial bill, Vice President Oliver Keys said it is not the job of USG to consult with the more than 400 RSOs on campus every time a bill is brought up. President Miller said during the summer he had contacted various leaders to create a committee of RSO leaders and had received no response. “We will offer guidance to RSOs who are a part of the process and who are new to the process to ensure that the transition is smooth and easy,” Miller said. Supporters of the bill were adamant about not delaying the vote. “If [USG doesn’t] pass this bill and get [finance reform] through, then someone else will, and her name’s Rita Cheng,” Keys said. Allocation of funds to RSOs is one of the largest responsibilities levied by the USG. The new guidelines had been in the works for the past year to reform how those student organizations receive funding. Sen. Desmon Walker said it was nice to see the finance bill get passed. “It’s been a long time coming,” he said. Robert Olson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-311 ext. 251.
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Council approves recycling sewage SARAH SCHNEIDER The Weekender Instead of using animal manure to fertilize his fields, one Carbondale farmer has recycled the city’s sewage for several years. Eric Sheilds will be able to continue the practice for at least five more years after the Carbondale City Council approved a five-year farming lease with him. Sheilds will be able to renew the lease every five years with approval from the council. Sheilds has farmed the land at the Northwest and Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plants since 1998 when it was leased to his grandfather. He then took out a lease of his own in 2008, which ended in April. The new agreement with the city requires Sheilds to load, transport and dispose of the sludge, a treated product of the city’s sewage, and mow the area that is not farmed. In exchange, Sheilds will not have to pay rent for the property. “This is a good deal for the city,” councilwoman Jane Adams said. “And not just by dollars and cents but this will remove that waste.” Without Sheilds using the sludge, the city would have to take it to the Jackson County landfill which would cost the city $23 a ton. The ordinance proposal estimated disposing the sludge for five years would cost $71,010 with the cost of loading and transporting. Resident Rich Whitney asked the council to rethink letting the sludge be used as food fertilizer, as he lives near one of the plants and
has concern with how much the sludge has been treated. “We’re all in favor of human waste being recycled, but people flush all kinds of things,” he said. Whitney said when the sludge is piled before it is used on the fields, there is a strong odor. Sean Henry, the city’s Public Works director, said the sludge is treated so well and often at the plants that the Environmental Protection Agency labeled it a Grade A sludge. “There are very strict standards for the quality of sludge,” Henry said. “It is all tested very regularly.” He said sludge has to be incorporated in the soil within five to eight days of being treated but there might be a window when it is sitting at the plant. He said if the sludge is not dry enough it could cause a smell. Sheilds asked the council for the possibility of renewal in this lease because he purchased more than $100,000 in special equipment to incorporate the sludge in the soil. After some discussion, council members unanimously approved the renewal section of the lease as long as he came before the council every five years. The city council’s consent agenda was unanimously approved. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Carbondale City Hall on Nov. 5. Sarah Schneider can be reached at email@example.com or 536-3311 ext. 254.
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T he D aily e gypTian A suspect is taken into custody outside Jimmy Johns during the 2000 halloween riots. During the course of the riots, one man tore down a lighted neon sign above La Bamba Mexican Restaurant and Jimmy John’s.
Carbondale prepares for Halloween on the Strip DYLAN FROST The Weekender Oct. 27, 2000 was the night that halted a historic event for more than a decade. A surreal scene, more than 2,500 costume-clad celebrators packed S. Illinois Avenue late at night, causing enough tension for police involvement. Rocks, beer cans and bottles were heaved from all directions — sometimes at police — who retaliated by spraying streams of pepper spray and billows of tear gas until the crowd dispersed. The cause of the chaotic scene remains to be interpreted differently, but in total, more than 150 arrests were made and several businesses were damaged. Now, as the city tries to put the event in the past, Hangar 9, Styx and Sidetracks will be in operation Halloween evening for the first time since the riot. “We see it as just us being able to conduct business on Halloween, which we feel like is the fairest thing for everyone in town,” Hangar 9’s senior talent buyer Caylan Hill said. Hill said Hangar 9 will have extra staff on hand, only because they expect a large turnout. “We’re just expecting more of a large crowd inside,” he said. “We’re not preparing extra security because we’re encouraging or preparing for any sort of out-of-control behavior or unacceptable behavior.” The city will still celebrate unofficial Halloween on the weekend of October 25 and 26, an event partially sponsored by Soberly Intoxicated Entertainment. Marketing director Anthony Greff said the company uses unofficial Halloween to keep students interested in the cities’ Halloween history. “In my view, unofficial Halloween represents the angst and frustration that students and residents have over Carbondale’s Halloween ban,” Greff said. “Without that motivation, I’m not sure that unofficial Halloween would have grown to half the size it is today.” The company will host a costume contest at Copper Dragon and a costume party at Pinch Penny Pub on Oct. 26. Even though the bars will now be open, one resident said the ban lift should be more relaxed. Paul Lewers, who has attended Carbondale Halloween celebrations for 40 years, said he would like the bars to stay open until 6 a.m. as they had in years past. “The problem is you close the bar at two, one o’ clock is last call,” he said. “People just got there at midnight, there is this huge surge of people thrown out in the street between one and two in the morning.” Lewers said the extended hours would help make Carbondale a destination location. Staying open until 6 a.m. could also help control the flow of students leaving the bar, he said. City Councilman Donald Monty disagreed with Lewers. “I do not support moving the closing hour back to 6 a.m.,” he said. “I am concerned that as more time goes by, people will continue to drink and become less in control of themselves. It has been my observation that by 2 a.m., too many people are already too drunk to control themselves.”
T he D aily e gypTian Mike Witt, a student in 1983, gets into the Halloween spirit with his newly carved jack o’ lantern. However, Greff said he would like to see the bars remain open until later. “To be honest, I think a 4 a.m. close time would do Carbondale well. However, if I was offered a 6 a.m. bar time, I certainly wouldn’t be against it,” Greff said. Carbondale has celebrated Halloween in its own unique way for nearly a century, dating back to the 1910s when thousands came to see the Halloween parade. In 1923, SIU’s yearbook The Obelisk recalled the parade as “a special event of Hallowe’en. It does this partly to provide a diverting and harmless occupation in place of the usual mischievous pranks, but largely because it satisfies the desire to masquerade lying in every human heart.” The Obelisk states thousands flocked to Carbondale to witness the parade. In that year, the parade had returned to pre-war splendor it had previously enjoyed. According to The Obelisk of 1921, the junior class used to throw a Halloween party for the seniors at the once-standing Armory Hall.
“If you could have peeped in the Armory Hall on the Wednesday night before Hallowe’en, you would have seen a host of costumed juniors, dancing and playing games,” the yearbook states. “All the pastimes connected with Hallowe’en were indulged in, including bobbing for apples. Prizes were given to Ruby Lambert who had the most attractive costume, and to some unknown person who remained masked the longest.” It was not until the late ‘70s when Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa performed at SIU Arena that Carbondale’s Halloween became a party scene that was glorified by students for over a decade. Dylan’s 1978 performance attracted a crowd of approximately 20,000, who packed S. Illinois Avenue after the event, according to an article written by former City Manager Jeff Doherty on Jan. 9, 1995. In 1974, only 2,000 closed the avenue. Doherty’s “Carbondale Halloween History” report also describes the attendance and accumulation of arrests and financial damages from the Halloweens from the ‘70s to the mid-‘90s. The event peaked at 25,000 partiers by 1984. 128 arrests were made and the event cost the city $13,507 in property damage. 381 arrests were made the following year — including seven felonies — and Carbondale accumulated $15,000 in property damages. The city cracked down on Carbondale Halloween after injuries put five police officers on paid leave in 1988. City council approved a resolution to end Halloween Fair Days, which banned consumption of alcohol on South Illinois Avenue. The crowd size drastically dwindled the following year to 3,500, although there were still 84 arrests and $18,889 in property damage. By 1995, the event had essentially withered away; then the riots of 2000 caused a rally to eliminate the celebration — leading to Unofficial Halloween as it is today. However, there is still no guarantee that Halloween will continue next year regardless of its potential success in 2013. The holiday is on a one-year trial, which means that the city council would have to vote again next year to keep it alive. Greff finds the trial to be problematic and said it is one step forward and two steps back. “Carbondale’s decision to lift the Halloween ban, as much as I would love to support it, is a half-hearted grab at public favor,” Greff said. “Students and residents alike have spoken out about the lift being long overdue.” Lewers said the restrictions are to blame, not the students. “The restrictions are the problem; it’s not the students that make the problem,” he said. “If you look at the top ten ivyleague schools, they’re not puritanical. Those are schools that accept that parties happen. It’s a time for young people to find out exactly what they want to have with that experience.” Hangar 9 staff will look past the tensions to provide entertainment for the public, Hill said. “We’re just doing business as usual with performers and acts that we conduct business with all the time,” he said. “We’re not doing anything out of our normal realm of business. We’re just expecting a nice, energetic, fun crowd on a fun weekend.”
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s arah G ardner | THE WEEKENDER Grey Dawg watches from the sidelines during the Homecoming game Oct. 19 at Saluki Stadium.
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Sophomore Grey Dawg said the best part of appearing at SIU events is seeing the excitement of the children in attendance. “It’s really fun to see kids get really excited and want to take pictures with you and shake your hand,” sophomore Grey Dawg said. “It’s just great to interact with them.” The kids love the fact that they can play and enjoy themselves with the Saluki Dawgs. Megan Fleege, 7, said she dances and hugs the Dawgs at the football and basketball games. She said she likes both of the Dawgs, but is a bigger fan of Brown Dawg. “I like him because he’s cute and he’s funny,” Fleece said. “He always gives me highfives too.” The Brown Dawg is said to be more feminine, while the Grey Dawg is slightly masculine. The Brown Dawg said kids are more receptive because he does not produce such a scary look. Senior Grey Dawg is used to wearing mascot suits and entertaining the fans. As a former Disney character, the senior Grey Dawg has always enjoyed being a crowd pleaser. He said the mascot life is something to get accustomed to. Although he gets lots of applauses and salutes in the suit, those gestures suddenly change once the games are over. “It’s a weird feeling once you take off the suit and no one wants to take your picture, or run up to you to say hi,” senior Grey Dawg said. “When you have on the suit, every time you look around somebody is looking at you, but once you take it off you don’t get the same attention.” Senior Grey Dawg said his personality remains the same in and outside of the mascot suit. He portrays a bubbly, friendly Saluki who enjoys games and family fun. “Being around everyone that’s so energetic and cheering you on is great,” senior Grey Dawg said. “It’s like being two different people and that’s so fun to do.” Sophomore Grey Dawg is not quite the same. Sophomore Grey Dawg said his personality changes drastically. You would never guess they were the same people on and off of the courts and fields. “I’m like a whole different person,” sophomore Grey Dawg said. “I’m more of a stoic person, but inside the suit I’m really energetic and fun.” Although you may see the Dawgs out and about conversing with families on a hot and sunny day, the Saluki mascots are one of the
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The Jockbrokers Facebook page updates traders on news of the website, and one can sign up to trade at jockbrokers.com. Since the company is still fresh and looking for traders, Baggott is offering $50 of investment money to traders who sign up and contact customer support. All of the economic
few in the conference that do not make appearances in inclement weather. The weather plays a factor in the amount of perspiration they give off under the thick heavy suit, or how much water they may need on a steamy hot game day. “There are not many dislikes that I have as a mascot,” senior Grey Dawg said. “The only downside to it is getting really hot and sweaty underneath.” Pumping up the large crowd and greeting fans with smiles in pictures, the Saluki Dawgs said the kids and the crowds are the best part of the job. They try to mingle with as many people as possible, expanding their Saluki fan base. Although the kids may be the ones jumping up and down at the games, running around looking for the Saluki Dawgs, they are not the only ones who find the Dawgs enjoyable. SIU alumni Jeff and Carrie Miller have been together 17 years, beginning their love story at SIU. Jeff Miller, a former SIU offensive lineman, said he and his wife have chosen to reside in Carbondale, where they attend every tailgate and football game. The Millers have a 1972 recreational vehicle trailer with over 100 signatures from tailgate attendees and fans; this includes signatures from Chancellor Rita Cheng and football head coach Dale Lennon. The RV has a reserved spot where it sits before every game. It also includes photos of the Grey and Brown Dawg on the right side of the vehicle. “We love the mascots, that’s why we have so many pictures of them,” the Millers said. “The Grey Dawg is actually a friend of ours on Facebook.” SIU women’s club rugby coach Apryl Gordon said she thinks the Dawgs are a lot of fun and great entertainment as well. “Without them I think we would be missing something,” Gordon said. “Other schools have big mascots, but they only have one of them, so it’s kind of fun that we have two.” While some Saluki fans, athletes, students and staff do not think about the day in the life of the Saluki Dawgs, The Grey Dawg and Brown Dawg play a huge role in the Saluki name and represent SIU athletes, students and the university. The Grey Dawg will be in attendance of the first women’s basketball game of the season Friday against Maryville University at SIU Arena. Symone Wooldridge can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 536-3311 ext. 269.
advisors Baggott has talked to have said Jockbrokers could either thrive or die. “Our company will go one of two ways, either we will fall flat on our face, or we will be as big as Facebook,” Baggott said. Aaron Graff can be contacted at email@example.com or 536-3311 ext. 282.
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Dog days of Saluki mascots worthwhile SYMONE WOOLRIDGE The Weekender Giving hugs and high-fives while mingling with kids on the courts of the arena, or grass of the stadium—the SIU dawgs play a phenomenal role in Saluki sports. The Grey Dawg and the Brown Dawg produce school spirit for everyone’s enjoyment. On game days, they come out hours early preparing for show time at Saluki Stadium, Davies Gym or SIU Arena. Because there are dozens of Saluki athletic programs and plenty more sports clubs, there are not enough Dawgs or time to make it to every event. The Grey and Brown Dawg are only in attendance at basketball, football and volleyball games unless they are specially requested. Dating back to 7000 B.C., Saluki dogs are known for hunting and sprinting 40 miles per hour or more, with their feet barely touching the ground. According to Saluki Athletics, the Egyptian dogs are the oldest known breeds of domesticated dogs and known for being the finest animals a family can possess. SIU was formally known as the Maroons, until members of the athletic staff adopted the Saluki name more than 50 years ago, making its label more imaginative. As of 2009, the Salukis introduced a new look for the Grey and Brown Dawgs, which are still in use today. Although you may only see one Grey Dawg out on the field or court, there are two different Salukis who rotate between events; one a sophomore, the other a senior.
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S arah G ardner | THE WEEKENDER Grey Dawg and Brown Dawg entertain the crowd by play-fighting Oct. 11 during an SIU volleyball game against Drake University at Davies Gym. Grey and Brown Dawg appear at football, volleyball, and basketball games to interact with fans and help cheer on the Salukis.
Jockbrokers revolutionizes fantasy sports AARON GRAFF The Weekender A website created by a. SIU graduate is allowing sports fans a legal way to “buy” their favorite athletes. Jockbrokers allows sports fans to purchase shares of athletes, like stock, and sell them at any time. Justin Baggott, the company’s creator and Chief Executive Officer, said every share represents a rookie sports card of that athlete. The cards essentially stay viral, and the trader does not get a physical copy. Buyers can purchase shares either through buy orders when the athlete is first released to the market, or from another trader trying to sell the athlete. “Jockbrokers is the next evolution of fantasy sports and a legal alternative to sports gambling,” he said. Baggott created and launched the website on March 5 and took it to Chicago in May for a business pitch competition, called “Growing Chicago,” to compete with 44 companies. Jockbrokers was the only company not from Chicago, and came away with the $10,000 grand prize. Baggott said each athlete has an opportunity to pay dividends based off of their performances on the field. There are different levels of payouts that are based on performance. For each possible payout amount there are three levels that require the athlete to either have one stat category accomplished, or go up to three lesser stat categories accomplished. “When you look at the table for Major League Baseball, level one pays you $200
ou can invest in baseball players in the middle of football season. There is no starting and ending dates like in fantasy sports.
for that athlete,” Baggott said “One of the requirements could be 600 homeruns. So if you have a guy that hits 600 homeruns, we are going to guarantee to buy those shares back for $200 a share.” For its first year of football trading, the company offered stocks of quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers. Quarterbacks pay dividends off of passing yards, rushing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage and a required number of wins. If a quarterback gets 5,500 passing yards in a season, they automatically pay out a dividend of $10. If they get 5,200 passing yards, they can still pay $10, but they would also have to have another category accomplished, such as 42 touchdown passes. Season dividends range from 25 cents to $10 Four game dividends range from 25 cents to $2. Each sport differs in the time periods the athlete has to accomplish the stat, but most of them pay dividends monthly and at the end of the season. Not only are there seasonal payouts, but also hall of fame buybacks when an athlete has reached a career milestone The hall of fame buybacks also have three levels to choose from for the payouts The supply in the market is limited to 200 shares of every athlete. Although Jockbrokers now has about 1,000 traders, Baggott said ev-
— Justin Baggott creator of Jockbrokers
ery day the site is getting new traders — some from outside the United States. He said as new traders are coming in, they want to purchase shares of athletes causing the demand to go up. Because the supply never increases, Baggott said it is causing prices to go up When traders sell their athletes, they fill out sell order forms and wait until somebody buys them, or they can choose to match a buy order and sell the athlete at that price. Baggott said that in regular fantasy sports, you have to make 90 percent correct decisions and get lucky on top of that. Great players that end up with an injury would normally end a fantasy owner’s chances, but if they had a share of the athlete through Jockbrokers, the trader could receive a dividend. Jockbrokers also does not end as soon as the regular season ends, he said. “You can invest in baseball players in the middle of football season,” Baggott said “There is no starting and ending dates like in fantasy sports.” The website’s unique approach is boosting its popularity, and Scott Gilbert, former economic professor and principal in the Jockbrokers enterprise, said Jockbrokers has researched and only found one similar website — ThePit.com, a website based more on the physical copies of the sports cards. The cus-
tomer can either keep the card on the website and try to sell it to someone else without even touching it, or they can request shipment. Jockbrokers employees are now working to expand the market using media. The company’s market analyst Devon Moon said the company is now in the second round of a contest to get the company a Super Bowl ad. “It’s a small business competition,” Moon said “We wrote about what we do and we made a video pitch and posted that onto the contest site. Obviously being a sports company, a Super Bowl ad would be pretty prime real estate for us.” Moon said a Super Bowl advertisement would be a game changer both to Jockbrokers and the entire fantasy sports world. Even if Jockbrokers were to gain popularity through a Super Bowl ad, Moon said the company promises they would never sell more than 200 shares of athletes already in the market, but will potentially release more shares of new athletes. Jockbrokers is not only about making money though — the company has unintentionally helped students with economics Customer service manager Ana Zabal said one of her favorite things about the job is the positive feedback she has received about the company. “I’ll have someone tell me that they go to SIU and they were having trouble understanding their economics classes,” Zabal said. “Now they understand value ... thanks to Jockbrokers.” JOCKBROKERS | 7
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LEWIS MARIEN | THE WEEKENDER
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Area winery asks patrons ‘whodunit?’ JAKE SAUNDERS The Weekender A “murder” has gone down at Pheasant Hollow Winery. And the owners are leaving it up to patrons to figure out who’s responsible. “Calling it a murder mystery is kind of a misnomer because it’s really a murder comedy,” Bruce Morgenstern, Pheasant Hollow coowner, said. The winery is in its 14th year of offering monthly “murder comedies,” and the events are booked solid every month, Morgenstern said. “This (month’s) is the ‘Murder at Duck Dynasty’ and it’s been booked for about two months,” Morgenstern said. Having held as many as 27 dinner events in a year, Pheasant Hollow has a fairly standard order of events for the night’s proceedings. Included in the $40 ticket is the first glass of wine, the dinner and the mystery. “I think the madness of the tasting starts it all up, sets the tone for the whole evening,” Morenstern said. “Everybody gets excited and very talkative and at around 5:30 the troupe will be here and they come out and start mingling with everyone and what they are doing is looking for people to play parts.” Morgenstern said the troupe never has an issue trying to find people to participate. “There’s always somebody wanting to play and the troupe is funny, but it’s the audience participation that makes it unique,” he said. Many people visit the winery in groups and well over half of the time there will be first-time attendees. “We went to a couple different murder mysteries, this is one of our favorite places,” Scott Richard, of Christopher, said on behalf of himself and his wife. “We’ve come over here at least a couple times a year,” Richard said the themes switch up each time but the order of the evening remains consistent. “As the night unfolds you’re going to see different characters coming out dressed as the Duck Dynasty folks,” he said. “They will then
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Audience members converse Saturday during an intermission of the murder mystery “Death at Duck Dynasty” at Pheasant Hollow Winery in Whittington. This is Pheasant Hollow’s 14th season of hosting murder mysteries put on by Upstage Productions, of St. Louis. go out to the audience and they will have roleplayers. They will introduce everybody, then the different actors, then we’ll have the murder and then the mystery of who did it and try to figure out. So they’re going to give several leads on how to figure it out.” The shows are usually put on by the traveling troupe Upstage Productions. The troupe’s creative director Kevin O’Brien said his group has been performing murder mysteries for about 20 years. “We are based in St. Louis and we go all over the country, mostly the Midwest, performing in wineries and also some dinner trains and
doing these murder mysteries,” O’Brien said. O’Brien said his journey in show business has taken him through various jobs and locations. “I’ve always wanted to make a living in show business and somehow I’ve managed to all my life, so I’ve done a bunch of strange stuff,” he said. “Magic, to standup comedy, to teaching theatre, to working on a riverboat and doing shows, and then (I) stumbled into this and all these years making a living going to wineries.” The Murder Mystery is certainly a sight to behold. The actors are clever and their script serves the evening humorously, while the guests’ acting compliments the scripted performance.
“Along with the play and the acting, we have good food and a lot of good wine,” Richard said. “It’s a good time.” Morgenstern said people should consider pre-registering if they want to attend a show. The next murder mystery is “The Grapes of Death” on Nov. 9. “I always suggest that everyone start shopping a month out, at least for your tickets, because they’ll be gone,” Morgenstern said. Jake Saunders can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 536-3311 ext. 254.
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Pre-screenings give audience a voice in Big Muddy DYLAN FROST The Weekender Students, faculty and film lovers had the opportunity Friday and Saturday to preview one of the region’s biggest cultural events. Big Muddy Film Festival pre-screenings featured more than 300 films. The selections were judged and selected based on four categories: narrative, documentary, experimental and animation. Anyone who attended the viewings could vote on what films should be shown at the main event — an effort that encourages Big Muddy to be community-driven, Nick Nylen, a graduate assistant and Big Muddy co-coordinator, said. “Even though we’re part of a group that sort of organizes the festival, I think this is sort of one of those things that brings the students as a whole and the community at large into the festival,” Nylen said. The films ranged from two-minute shorts to two-hour features. For a movie to be considered for the main event, it needed to be unambiguous in its message and offer a strong vision and film style. “The first thing is a good story with solid writing, good dialogue and a nice ending. But we also look at other things such as cinematography, sound and acting,” Elisa Herrmann, Big Muddy Director and Film Alternatives faculty advisor, said. Graduate assistant and Big Muddy cocoordinator Mickey Everett said contestants are encouraged to break the conventions of standard filmmaking and to step outside the boundaries while also recognizing the film or film styles that have come before them and those that are being used today. The films offered variety and each pre-
think that at the best the festival awakens people’s dreams, maybe secrets, maybe things that they believe in but they feel they’re isolated and that nobody else really believes in those things. — Sarah Lewison professor of video production
sented its own dynamic in an attempt to convince the viewer to believe in the themes. “Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story” is an hour-long environmental documentary about a lesbian couple who rally against mountaintop removal mining by expressing their love for the environment through sensuality. The couple hugs the tree of the mountains; they bathe in the Gauley’s rivers and cry fowl of the sludge left behind after the mining. Also featured was “Fluffystein” — a loveable 12-minute narrative about a possessed stuffed toy bunny. The filmmakers use the technique of stop-motion animation to bring the crazed toy to life. “Master Cleanse” plays upon the elusiveness of cults. A guy tries to win the affection of a hippie living in a Brooklyn commune who is on “the master cleanse;” the cleanse has nothing to do with the juice diet that’s supposed to clear your system. A special award is given to the best film that highlights a social issue — whether it is political, social or ecological — in a major way. The John Michaels Award is named after a former student who admired using film to promote a social topic that demands exposure. Last year’s winner was “Around Crab Orchard,” a documentary by filmmaker Sarah Kanouse, that challenges the contradictions
the wildlife refuge’s statement that it’s “a unique place to experience nature” despite it being engrossed by industry. Although SIU students are not allowed to enter the festival because of potential conflicts of interest, the pre-screenings and the festival could inspire them. Sarah Lewison, a professor of video production in the Department of Mass Communications, said the films expose the students and public to styles they wouldn’t find on TV or Netflix. “I think that at the best the festival awakens people’s dreams, maybe secrets, maybe things that they believe in but they feel they’re isolated and that nobody else really believes in those things,” Lewison said. She teaches students to activate their eyes and senses so they can recognize the complexity of the world. “I think the hardest thing is when you, in this day, with the accessibility of tools for looking at the world with cameras on their phones is to actually start to imagine the world inside the world,” she said. “Where is the edge of that frame when you’re looking and how does moving the camera, the frame or the lens a few inches over tell a whole other kind of story?” The Big Muddy co-coordinators also see the opportunities the festival offers. Everett said he hopes to see some filmmakers who are
new to the profession enter the festival. “I think one of the big reasons why this festival exists is because—from the bottom up—it gives an opportunity and a platform for filmmakers to actually show their work,” Everett said. “I guess something that I would like to see is someone who is just starting out; they might not have the financial backings to really run it or the type of connections to do some things that a lot of these other filmmakers are doing — but I’m hoping to see just more independent filmmakers that are really just trying.” Nylen said he hopes those who are successful at the film festival help other filmmakers in turn. “Hopefully the whole system kind of perpetuates itself, these people who were cultivated by this small festival circuit and have found success then hand everything off to the next crop of filmmakers,” Nylen said. Former contestants have had their films featured in the Sundance Film Festival. Past participant Joe Swanberg released the movie “Drinking Buddies,” which he wrote and directed, earlier this year. The Big Muddy Film Festival Executive and Planning Committee soon will announce the three jurors chosen to judge the 36th annual event. Past jurors have included Jim Jarmusch, Robert Frank and Don Hertzfeldt, all of whom have enjoyed past success on the independent film circuit. The last round of pre-screenings will be Nov. 23 through 24 and will feature more films before the Big Muddy Film Festival, which runs Feb. 18 through 23. Dylan Frost can be contacted at email@example.com or 536-3311 ext. 252.
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And the winner is … something no one has seen yet KARSTEN BURGSTAHLER The Weekender Monday night director Garry Marshall stepped out on stage in front of his colleagues to present an award for “August: Osage County” at the Hollywood Film Awards. Too bad he, and probably a good majority of the room, hasn’t seen it yet. The Hollywood Film Awards used to be treated as a throwaway ceremony. With their position so early in the awards ceremony, it was easy to just push them to the side: some of the movies haven’t screened for critics yet. There’s also no massive academy dedicated to voting on the awards; event producer Carlos de Abreu picks the winners along with an “advisory panel.” There are no other hints as to whom this panel is comprised of; for all we know, Abreu could just be giving out awards for movies he likes. It’s the ultimate form of “the Academy members don’t know what they’re doing. If I picked the winners ...” But Hollywood shows up. Sandra Bullock was
on hand to accept an actress award for “Gravity” and Steve McQueen accepted an award for “12 Years a Slave,” which hasn’t expanded beyond a limited release yet. There are no nominees for the awards, only a winner, and this year the list leaked out ahead of time, perhaps in an effort to lure the victors. One could look at the Hollywood Film Awards as a testing ground for actors who aren’t quite confident enough for Oscar night. The show isn’t televised, at least not yet — Dick Clark Productions now owns the rights to the ceremony. I love awards season. It’s the time of year where I’m not the only one who wants to incessantly gab on about movies. But the Hollywood Film Awards are giving credence to what I consider one of the biggest problems in Hollywood right now — adoration for films that hardly anyone has had the chance to see yet. When “12 Years a Slave” first screened for film festival audiences, the movie was immediately declared the film to beat for Best Picture, despite the fact no one had seen several other big
contenders yet. Our internet-addicted culture is in such a rush to be first. It’s like if “12 Years a Slave” were to win Best Picture, some blogger or critic wants to be able to say “I called it first!” Somehow we’ve got it in our heads that it means something to be first, rather than be right. Real criticism about these films gets drowned out while we all scream praises for these movies from the mountaintops. Because an undisclosed group decides the Hollywood Film Awards, how can the awards really mean anything? It’s fair to say someone is a legitimate contender for a nomination, or to say you could logically see someone winning an award because history is on their side. But it’s just crazy to be outright declaring a winner. In de Abreu’s defense, he isn’t trying to prove the award show’s relevance. I’m certain he understands exactly what he’s doing: he’s trying to be first. He figures that when Bullock accepts her Oscar for “Gravity” (and while it’s a great performance, I’m not ready to declare her Best Actress yet) he can say, “I awarded it first!” I do like the idea of stars using the awards
ceremony as a mock trial. It’s fair to say Bullock needs to warm up her award season gladhanding abilities, and a non-televised event is a great place to run through the pressure without having millions of eyes focused on you. My solution? Don’t televise the ceremony. That only gives legitimacy to one guy who decided he can declare awards. But think of it as de Abreu’s way of giving the stars he thinks are most deserving a chance to get used to the spotlight. It’s certainly going to be an interesting awards season, but I’m wary of naming contenders until I’ve seen more of the nominees. “12 Years a Slave” hasn’t hit Carbondale yet and awards-ready films like “August: Osage County” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” aren’t in theaters for a while. No matter who wins awards this season, the audience is the ultimate winner — the number of great options for adults at the theater hasn’t been this strong in quite some time. Karsten Burgstahler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 536-3311 ext. 261.
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